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What one do I do!





Also, is it okay to turn the center off so its 4.1, until I get a center speaker/do i really need a center speaker
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The center doesn't add much on a PC/desk setup, it's more for larger room to increase the "sweet spot" and give a better experience to anyone not sat equidistant from the front L/R. I have to lean forward and touch mine to know it's working because without it a center sound on the fronts still appears exactly over the center speaker. Just be sure to set four speaker in software/Windows so that the center channel is moved to the fronts and not lost for 5.1 material.

I have read that in a 5.1 the rears should be placed as sides, when I'm gaming though they seem to need to be rears. I've got mine behind me and I can easily pinpoint sounds that are behind. With sides a center-rear sound would be on top of me rather that behind, I guess it's just personal taste though.
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post #3 of 8
I've been wondering about this for a while as well. Unfortunately I don't have a setup that lets me use rears as sides, but from what I've read about HTPC stuff side is preferred for movies. I'd imagine rear would be better for positional audio in games though.
post #4 of 8
Definitely the first one. Left/right surround is typically used in 7.1 setups.
Edited by Stealth Pyros - 5/31/13 at 7:52am
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post #5 of 8
5.1's surround channels are side speakers. They are to be directly to the side to 20° back (90°-110°). 6.1 and 7.1 delves into rear speakers.
 
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Could you put that in easier terms for me, basically i want them a tiny bit behind me but pointed at my ears? i can only put them sideways on the walls flat
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If you honestly can't angle them, they should be directly aside of you.
 
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If you honestly can't angle them, they should be directly aside of you.

well i cant angle them as i have them hung up with one nail holding each speaker.
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